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Two Youths Charged After Threats Towards Winnipeg Schools

January 23, 2019 12:06 PM | News

Winnipeg Police Crest

Winnipeg police have arrested two youths who allegedly made threats to three city schools late last week.

One youth has been arrested for threats made towards École Van Belleghem, while the other allegedly made threats towards Arthur Day Middle School and John W. Gunn Middle School.

Police say the threats were made January 17 and 21 using an anonymous social media app. Investigators contacted a Europe-based company, who cooperated with police and helped them identify the teens.


Police arrested a 13-year-old boy on January 22 in the company of his parents in the Radisson neighbourhood. The same day, a 12-year-old Winnipeg boy attended police headquarters with his parents and was arrested.

Both teens face charges of uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm. They were released to appear in court at a later date.

Police say they don’t believe the threats were credible, and that neither teen had access to weapons. The police service says it used approximately $45,000 in resources to investigate the threats.